Ground Clearance

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Ground Clearance

Post by Pips » 31 Aug 2019 00:54

Couple of questions regarding ground clearance for tanks.
a) Was there a set height? A minimum if you will.
b) Did it vary by tank size eg Panzer III v's a Panzer VI?
c) Was there much difference between German tank ground clearance as opposd to either British, American Or Soviet tanks?

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Re: Ground Clearance

Post by Mobius » 31 Aug 2019 01:41

I used to make 3D tanks for games. From checking my blue prints they run from 0.3m to 0.4 meters.

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Re: Ground Clearance

Post by critical mass » 31 Aug 2019 13:16

The PANTHER had very high ground clearance: 0.51m.
The TIGER and CROMWELL were on the high end of the range, too.

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Re: Ground Clearance

Post by Mobius » 31 Aug 2019 19:08

One thing I was aware of when examining drawings is that the height of the tank is from the bottom of the track cleat or link. When not on pavement this is dug into the ground so does not contribute to the ground clearance. When making a model part of the track thickness had to be below the ground mesh.

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Re: Ground Clearance

Post by Michael Kenny » 03 Sep 2019 14:28

Actual measurements of real tanks. The Panther had no turret and the letters denote various types of track being tested .
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Re: Ground Clearance

Post by Avalancheon » 03 Sep 2019 16:00

There was apparently some wartime test indicating that the Tiger had insufficient ground clearance to traverse thick mud.

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Re: Ground Clearance

Post by Mobius » 03 Sep 2019 16:12

Putting a belly hatch on a Cromwell C/DS would not be useful.

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Re: Ground Clearance

Post by Byrden » 08 Sep 2019 16:16

The Tiger E had a ground clearance of 470mm, assuming the suspension to be in good condition. I think you can add 10mm with the later tracks that had built-in ice cleats.

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